I would say that the two weeks I spend every year in Folegandros are essential to my sanity. The stresses that built up simply evaporate on sight of the ferry port, the smell of giant coils of rope and the unbelievable blue of the Agean sea unknot the rusty cables that once were my shoulder muscles. This omni-recession is a tough one to start up a new business in and boxing clever can get a bit fatiguing however enthusiastic your personality is.
Time to disentangle myself from the automatic ‘flight or flight’ mindset and step back to gaze at the bigger picture, be creative and enjoy each day as it comes regardless of any background tensions.
One of the big lessons I have learnt over the last year is the power of the brain’s neuroplasticity after my great friend Louise Jackson recommended a book to me ‘The Brain That Changes Itself’ by Norman Doidge which demonstrates the ability of the brain’s neuroplasticity to keep on developing and learning as we get older and how we can change our thoughts and therefore choose how to experience any situation. Here’s another interesting post on the subject; Mindfulness and Neuroplasticity.
So in a nutshell, I’m going to relax and not give a monkeys for a fortnight!
That’s more like it, about three days in I got up early and took a walk down to the church of St Christos with my friend Victoria before the sun’s heat took hold, down a mule path with ancient stones, once we got there we ate boiled eggs, local cheese and peaches for breakfast sitting on the wall looking over the bay. Walking is the best therapy I know, aside from shopping admittedly..
And there you have the big relax complete and having spent time with some much loved friends, dreamt up new Hibiscus ideas , eaten waaay too much, it’s time to come back and pick up where I left off with renewed energy and enthusiasm thinking of the bigger picture which is looking pretty good I must say. 🙂